Nursing students who apply for, and are awarded, scholarship funds are able to use the money towards paying off at least a part of their student debt.

Grants, on the other hand, are funds that are awarded mainly to graduate students in order to assist them with funding a research project.

Arizona Nursing Student Grants

Grants and scholarships are available all across the country but there are also those that are specific to residents of one state.

Some programs are, furthermore, even more specific and will only be open to students who live in a certain county or who graduated from a certain high school within that state.

Arizona is no exception in this regard and features several scholarship programs that have been developed specifically for Arizona-based nursing students.

Scholarship programs in Arizona are funded and administered by, among other organizations, philanthropic societies, nursing associations, educational institutions and memorial trusts.

Each program will, furthermore, have its own requirements for eligibility and those found in Arizona include eligibility criteria such as what course concentration a student has registered for and who their relatives are.

There are also many more grant and scholarship programs offered in Arizona – especially by the University of Arizona – than are mentioned on this list.

Students who are interested in finding out more about the available programs should review the websites of Arizona-based nursing schools, hospitals, nursing societies, health care databases and community organizations.

Specific Scholarships and Grants in Arizona

Arizona Legion Auxiliary Nurse’s Scholarships

The overall objective of this program is to provide financial aid to Arizona nursing students. $500 is awarded to a deserving student every year and the deadline for the submission of applications is May of any given year.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants have to have been resident in Arizona for at least a year before they submitted their application and have to be US citizens;
  • Applicants have to be second-year nursing students who are enrolled in an accredited nursing program in a school in Arizona; and
  • Applicants have to have maintained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00.

Priority will also be given to those applicants who are immediate family members of veterans. Other factors that will be taken into account when suitable candidates are selected include character, financial need and overall academic achievement.

Further information concerning this program can be obtained directly from the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Arizona, at 4701 North 19th Avenue, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85015 (tel: 602-241-1080 and website: www.azlegion.org).

Past President’s Parley Scholarship Assistance in Health Care Occupations

This program is also administered by the American Legion Auxiliary and was developed to provide financial assistance to those enrolled in health care occupation programs. $300 is awarded annually in terms of this scholarship and eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must be both US citizens and Arizona residents (again, for at least a year before the application is submitted);
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a health care program at an accredited Arizona school; and
  • Applicants must submit various documents along with their application including transcripts, a photograph, letters of recommendation and a statement saying why they want to follow a career in health care.

Preference will again be given to family members of veterans and other factors that will also be taken into account include initiative, academic record and financial need.

Further information can be obtained from the Legion Auxiliary (4701 North 19th Avenue, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85015; tel: 602-241-1080; website: www.azlegion.org).

F. William (Bill) Rundle Scholarship

This scholarship is administered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and was set up to benefit nursing students who are residents of Arizona and Michigan. $1,000 is awarded to one student each year, the application deadline is during April and the criteria for eligibility include:

  • Applicants must be residents of either Arizona or Michigan who are also members of the AANA;
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited nursing anesthesia program at the time of their application and they must also hold a current Registered Nurse (RN) license; and
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution.

Factors that will influence the selection process include the level of the applicant’s involvement in school and community activities as well as their academic record.

Any student who is interested in applying for this scholarship can approach the Association directly at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068 (tel: 847-692-7050 and website: www.aana.com).

Scholarship and Grant Programs at the University of Arizona College of Nursing

The university administers several scholarship programs that are available to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in its College of Nursing.

Further information can be obtained from the college at The Office of Student Affairs, College of Nursing, Room 112, 1305 North Martin, Tucson, AZ 85721 (tel: 520-626-6154 and website: www.nursing.arizona.edu).

Representative Programs offered by the University of Arizona College of Nursing

  • Jeanette and Robert Barnes Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship: here the applicant must be an Arizona resident, a graduate of an Arizona-based high school and a full-time college undergraduate student that requires financial assistance;
  • Eleanor Bauwens Scholarship for Graduate Nursing Students: this program is for a student with an excellent academic record who is busy qualifying for their master’s degree or doctorate at the UA nursing college;
  • Veda Daykin Endowment: here the award will go to an undergraduate student who is an Arizona resident, who needs financial assistance and who is able to maintain a high GPA. Preference will also be given to those who want to specialize in Labor and Delivery;
  • HABBJACH (Dollars for Scholars) Nursing Scholarship: this program is specific to graduates of high schools situated in the Tucson area and factors that will influence selection include financial need, character, citizenship and academic achievement; and
  • Robin Aileen Klaehn Scholarship: here the applicant must want to pursue a career in Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Care, and priority will be given to graduate students.
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